Trees Of Georgia, Your Roswell Tree Service Experts, Offers Tips For The Perfect Fire Pit
Fall is Here! And for many homeowners this conjures up dreams of getting the family together around the fire pit. But before you break out the marshmallows and throw those logs on the fire Trees of Georgia, your tree service experts for Roswell and North Fulton, has a few safety tips to keep the embers in place.
Roswell Tree Service Specialists’ Advice For Choosing The Best Spot For Your Fire Pit
Choose The Best Spot
While fire pits can be everything from a dirt spot in the ground to a featured stone fireplace, the fact is placement is critical to fun and safety. Fire pits should always be at least 10 feet away from any structure or flammable surfaces. Never use a fire pit on a covered porch or wood deck.
“Make sure to have a water hose or large container of water close by at all times.”
Choosing an area where trees are a distance away or at least tree limbs don’t overhang is crucial to safety. A tree service specialists for the Roswell or North Fulton area, such as Trees of Georgia, can help you to make your fire pit spot, tree safe.
Having some sort of containment is also important. Think landscaping stones or rocks for the best options.
Choose The Right Time
Fire pits should not be used in windy conditions. You also will want to stay up to date on burn bans and any “High Fire Danger Conditions” that exist. And the perfect timing does not only mean safety, but you will also want to think about your neighbors. Fire pits tend to encourage lots of fun and frivolity, so be courteous with the sound level; even better invite your neighbors, the more the merrier.
Choose The Best Materials For Your Fire Pit
While a fire pit can be made of any materials, some of the best are the commercial variety. These can consist of the bowl type fire pits with mesh screen tops to the more featured, landscape varieties made of stone.
For a simple, economical version simply dig a hole and add a layer (minimum of one inch) of sand or pea gravel. Adding a circle of landscaping bricks or a metal ring will keep the fire contained and offer the same amount of outdoor fun.
Put Your Fire Out The Right Way
- Make sure to put out the fire after use.
- NEVER Leave a fire to “cool down” unattended.
- Spread fire embers and large chunks of wood out.
- Cover with dirt, sand or water. Make sure to mix them with the ashes to make sure the fire is out.
- A fire pit snuffer is a handy tool to have for fire pits that quickly and safely puts out your fire pit.
Dispose of Ashes Properly
Always dispose of ashes safely. Make sure your fire is out fully. It is best to allow ashes to cool for 24 Hours and then dispose of in a metal can. Be sure to douse with water when placed in the can. Ashes can be acidic and can damage metal fire pits so it is advised to remove once cooled.
Some Fire Pit Safety Tips
- Keep your fire low. Keeping your fire small will also keep it easier to contain.
- Never use flammable liquids to “stoke” the fire.
- Encourage everyone to avoid wearing nylon or loose clothing around the fire pit.
- Make sure everyone understands what to do in a fire emergency.
- Don’t use pine, cedar, fir, or spruce which are considered “soft woods” that can pop and spark embers.
- Watch the alcohol consumption, too much can lead to falls and accidents.
- Teach children about fire safety. Never leave a child alone with a fire.
- Never allow horseplay (running, jumping, etc.) or sitting too close to the fire.
- When participating in activities like roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over an open fire always use long sticks/skewers (30 inches in the recommended length) make sure no shirt sleeves are too close to the fire.
Trees Of Georgia, Your North Fulton and Roswell Tree Service Experts, Loves Fall!
At Trees of Georgia, your Roswell tree service specialists, we love fall and all that goes with it. Whether your need is to have some trees removed or trimmed to make a safe, enjoyable area for the perfect fire pit or some firewood to get it started, we have your solution.